Gov. Scott Walker on Monday issued an executive order barring state agencies from coming up with a plan to comply with President Barack Obama's new rules for cutting greenhouse gasses.
Walker's order comes after the U.S. Supreme Court last week issued a stay of the implementation of the new Environmental Protection Agency's rules pending the outcome of legal challenges to the new plan.
Obama's power plan aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in the United States by about one-third within 15 years. It relies heavily on wind and solar energy, among other renewable resources, to accomplish the goal.
Wisconsin joined a number of states last year in suing the Obama administration over what Attorney General Brad Schimel called "a radical plan for reducing carbon emissions."
In 2014, a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., 12 coal-dependent states sued over the proposed restrictions, including Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. Wisconsin will join this lawsuit.
In his order that lasts until the court's stay is lifted, Walker called the rules "burdensome."
"Clearly, this rule exceeds the President’s authority and would place an undue burden on the Wisconsin ratepayers and manufacturers," Walker said in a statement. "The stay granted last week by the Supreme Court validates our concerns about this rule. The Executive Order we issued today protects our taxpayers from an unnecessary cost of up to $13 billion as we continue to act in the best interests of Wisconsin citizens."
A copy of Governor Walker’s Executive Order is attached.